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Here are some sites (in no particular order) we've found to contain useful information or products for pet owners. NOTE: if you discover that any of these links are broken or have changed, please let us know at questions@happytraining.info. Thanks!

Association of Pet Dog Trainers APDT is the premier organization in the world for trainers of pet dogs. There are other dog-trainer organzations (such as NADOI, the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors), but APDT members specialize in helping you train your pet, not in competition or agility training.

Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club in Lawrence runs group classes several times a year. The club's website also has good training advice.

Dr. P's Dog Training Library is the brainchild of Dr. Mark Plonsky (Dr. P), a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. His goal for his site is to organize and give visitors easy access to the information available on the Internet about dog training and behavior. Glance through the Library for a detailed listing and description of all of the sections of the site. The Main Page serves as a brief table of contents.The Site Index lists each of the pages at the site. Lastly, there is a Search Engine for the site.


Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka serves--like shelters everywhere--as the home of last resort for abandoned and unwanted animals. This site features some of those animals, as well as other Shelter-related information. If you have the time and money to add a dog to your life, please consider adopting a Shelter dog.

Cindy Tittle Moore's rec.pets.dogs FAQ Homepage has got to be one of the most complete and comprehensive dog sites on the Internet. If it ain't here, you probably don't need it.

Dogwise.com is the best source around for dog-training books, videos, and other products related to dog training and behavior.

American Dog Trainer's Network is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for dog owners, dog trainers, and the media. The site offers dog training articles, safety tips, a recommended book list, seminars, and free referrals to reputable dog trainers, pet care services, associations and organizations throughout the United States.

Delta Society is the leading international resource for the human-animal bond. Delta Society has been the force to validate the important role of animals for people's health and well-being by promoting the results of research to the media and health and human services organizations. The Society's Pet Partners® program trains and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting-animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities. The Pet Partners Program was established in 1990 to provide a mechanism to ensure that "both ends of the leash," people as well as animals, were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs. Pet Partners is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal/handler teams.

Prairieland Visiting Animals Association is a group of friendly folks in the heartland who are interested in promoting the human/animal bond by providing Delta Society®-certified human/animal teams to healthcare facilities; conducting educational seminars and workshops; promoting a mentoring program for newly registered teams; providing animal evaluations with Delta®-certified evaluators; and promoting the benefits of animal visitation. 

U.S. Department of Justice. Have you ever had a question about how a service animal is different from a pet, or what qualifications a dog has to have to accompany her owner into a restaurant? This should answer your questions.

Puppies'N' Dogs.com. This is a website aimed at helping breeders sell puppies, but it includes a great page on puppy raising.